The start of another month got me thinking about the saying "Pinch, punch, first of the month!".  Never one to just leave something alone I had to do a quick bit of research on the origins of this rather odd superstition.

Fact 1: Originating when people thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish her.

Fact 2: According to playground rules, your pinch and punch has to be followed with the words, "White rabbits, no return", although when I was at school we just used to say "No returns" after pinching and punching. (Does that mean I missed out on months and months of opportunities to get my own back?)

Fact 3: Whilst growing up in Cornwall we used to have the added benefit of coming back with "A flick and a kick for being so quick" which was allowed to be used even if the person who pinched and punched you had said "no return" (confused yet?)

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